Wednesday, April 22, 2009

On My Nightstand - A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

The story is set in Boston during World War I. Julie Lessman uses her pen like a paintbrush to show the rocky love life of Faith O'Connor. Both Faith and her sister are consumed with the handsome, but mercurial, Collin McGuire.

The characters grabbed my heart, and I found myself rooting for this family. There wasn't a trace of artifice in the book. Every person acted true to their personality and with an ease that drew me into the story.

Even as a migraine blazed through my brain, I couldn't put this book down. Historical romance lovers will find all the necessary elements present in, "A Passion Most Pure."

10 comments:

Julie Lessman said...

OMIGOSH, Susan, I am dying here! I found out about your review on Google Alerts, but when I came to your website, the only thing that came up were the last two paragraphs -- although they were wonderful!! Thank you SO much for writing such a great review (what I saw of it), and I would love it if you would contact me at gsusatcharterdotnet with the entire review! :)

Hugs,
Julie

Jessica said...

I absolutely second your admiration for this story. Put it down? I couldn't. I blazed through this book.

Terri Tiffany said...

I usually don't read historical romance-- I memorized history to pass tests but you make them sound interesting!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

This was one historical romance where that aspect served as background to the story. It didn't overshadow it.

I think Julie did a great job giving us the flavor of the times without making it a secondary character.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

Glad you agree. That's two recommendations, folks!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Julie -

I don't know why you couldn't see the entire review. It must have something to do with our browsers.

You're welcome. I'll copy the review and send it via email. Thanks for giving us such a great story.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Julie Lessman said...

Susan, thank you again for such a wonderful review AND just for reading the book!

I have to laugh at your comment that I did "a great job giving ... the flavor of the times without making it a secondary character." Uh, that's because I set out to write a love story, not a historical story and actually didn't see it as a "historical" when I was trying to get published until my agent said, "Uh, Julie, YES, it's a historical." Gosh, I was sooo green! But I needed a war to wrap the plot around, so I had to do my research, but that surely wasn't my emphasis, which I guess is obvious.

Jessica -- it's fun to connect here as well as at The Seekers blog!

Terri -- I'm with you on history. I'm not a history buff by a long shot ... more of a romance buff who happens to write love stories set in earlier eras. I'd be interested in hearing what you think if you read it.

Hugs,
Julie

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Julie -

Thanks for your comments. Any interest in an interview? Somehow, I have the feeling it would be verrry interesting. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Jessica said...

Susan,
I think Julie would be a great person to interview. Maybe she'll have time? That would be awesome. :-)
Julie- It's so nice of you to come by and comment. I have to say, I'm completely tickled when pubbed authors do that. It's almost like having a celebrity in our midst. LOL

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I agree. When published authors stop in, it's always a boost.

Blessings,
Susan :)